Graduation Party Recipes

Looking for graduation party food ideas? Find here appetizer recipes, finger food, cakes, desserts, as well as easy and delicious menu ideas for this big moment.

Staff Picks

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 3.25 stars
Pull a fast one on the kids: In just 10 minutes, whip up the dough for these sweet, crunchy treats made with whole-wheat flour. Many recipes for baked goods can be tweaked to use equal parts whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, without losing flavor or texture.

Lemon Cake

Rating: 3.54 stars
This cheery lemon cake is perfect for festive occasions. Top it off with our Whipped Frosting that's the perfect light and fluffy complement to this moist cake.

Chewy Brownies

What's gooey on the inside, crackly on top, and supremely delicious all over?Our fresh take on this crowd-pleasing dessert. Unsweetened chocolate and brown sugar impart a rich, well-rounded flavor, while adding a bit of oil to the batter results in the addictively chewy texture that makes this version an instant classic.

Banana-Blueberry Smoothie

Rating: 3.68 stars
Whip up this three-ingredient healthy smoothie recipe with just three ingredients—nonfat plain yogurt, banana, and frozen blueberries. Feel free to substitute the blueberries with any other frozen fruit you like.

Smoky Baby Back Ribs

Rating: 3.42 stars
Smoky, sticky, falling-off-the-bone ribs are easier than you think. Just cook them long and slow -- on the grill or in the oven.

Simple Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Rating: 3.28 stars
This easy all-purpose yellow cake takes just a bit longer to make than one from a packaged mix, but it's worth it.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Rating: 3.19 stars
For variety, add chopped walnuts or pecans, fresh blueberries, or finely chopped dried fruits (such as cranberries or raisins) to the topping.

Rainbow Cake

Rating: 3.71 stars
This colorful layer cake from "Whisk Kid" blogger Kaitlin Flannery is ideal for a child's birthday party, or any time you want to make a big impression.

Cheese Crackers

Trade trendy for traditional with a crisp, savory snack that's easily customizable.

Hummingbird Cake

Rating: 3.63 stars
Rumor has it, this crowd-pleasing Hummingbird cake got its name because every bite makes you hum with delight.

Red Velvet Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.56 stars
What could make traditional red velvet cake even better? Chocolate, of course!

Best Coconut Cream Pie

Rating: 3.32 stars
This classic coconut cream pie is well worth the time it takes to cook. It'll be one of the best recipes in your repetoire. 

Inspiration and Ideas

German Apple Cake

Rating: 3.74 stars

This is a great cake to make if you have extra apples in the house. If you don't have any apples, you can substitute peaches or plums.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).